10 Cool 3D Printers for Kids (Updated for 2018)
10 Cool 3D Printers for Kids (Updated for 2018)
Printers are one of the most unloved tech tools around. Paper jams, low toner errors, and simply connecting to a printer are headaches we’ve all faced at one time or another.
So, how can we make printing fun again?
3D printing is already changing the way that we produce objects, from clothing and appliances to tools and toys. Almost anything can be printed with these new gadgets. This is why getting a 3D printer for your home or school could be the coolest thing for kids to experiment with. Kids can develop skills like molding, sculpting, and creating a blueprint, which requires planning and creativity.
By connecting to mobiles and tablets, kids can download STL files and easily print out objects to play with, share with friends, or even sell online.
3D printers for kids encourage creativity and imagination, as well as giving them an opportunity to produce their own toys. With lots of new printers on the market, there is something for every budget and skill level.
This article was originally published in 2016 and was last updated November 2018.
1. Toybox 3D Printer
Toybox is the most kid friendly 3D printer on the market that lets you print toys straight from the app. There are no complicated CAD skills required to get started, it’s just about having a fun experience printing toy designs. Kids simply pick a toy from the app library and print it.
Yes, it’s really that simple. With hundreds of toys in choose from, children can also customize designs to be more creative. The printer uses non-toxic, biodegradable PLA material and is the best 3D printer for kids and parents who want something that works straight out of the box. You can use this special CodeMom promo code for a $20 discount: CODEMOM20
2. XYZprinting da Vinci Jr. 1.0 Pro
The da Vinci Jr. 1.0 Pro is another one the family of kids 3D printers for a little more advanced users. The XYZware Pro software is used for modeling, so there is a learning curve before you can start. Great for older kids and teens who want more control, and for teachers that want an enclosed printer with a door in the classroom. Little ones just can’t help themselves when they see a 3D printer in motion, so having a door enclosed is essential in a classroom.
3. da Vinci Nano 3D Printer
The da Vinci Nano is another printer designed with kids in mind. It’s incredibly small and lightweight and has a door to protect kids from the printer. Printing doesn’t stop automatically when it’s opened, so kids still need supervision. Kids use the XYZmaker suite 3D design software tools, or the XYZmaker Mobile app to create designs using their tablets. As a starter printer in the da Vinci line, the Nano is their latest compact model marketed as ‘a perfect first-printer’. One thing to note about the da Vinci models is you have to buy their XYZ filaments and can’t use any other brand.
4. XYZprinting da Vinci mini w+
The da Vinci mini w+ comes with a slick new black and red color design, and now has wireless capabilities for easy 3D printing. The older version was yellow and was a big hit for kids starting out. The newer model is aimed at households in general and weighs less than 18 lbs. With over 4,500+ 3D models available to download, including everything from toys to educational items, there is something for every kid looking to create and innovate using 3D printing.
5. QIDI Technology X-Smart
The QIDI Tech X-Smart is a new entry this year in the kids 3D printer space. Designed with a fully enclosed case, the printer uses both ABS and PLA. The printer has a bendable removable plate, meaning you can take the models out with ease and the device has a user-friendly touchscreen. The software modeling package used is the QIDI TECH software, but you can use others. QIDI Tech X-Smart is an affordable 3D printer with great features for those getting started.
6. FlashForge 3D Printer
The FlashForge 3D Printer is a popular choice for beginners and hobbyist alike. With an affordable price point, this powerful little printer lets you create almost anything from a small elephant to more complex figurines such as head statues. The printer offers WIFI, USB, and smartphone integration to control and create numerous designs and projects.
7. Monoprice Mini Delta
The Monoprice Mini Delta is a professional 3D printer at a very low price, making it a good family option. It uses open filament in PLA and ABS, which means you can use any brand of filament to load into your printer. This is a huge attraction as the cost of replacing filaments becomes an issue the more you print. The printer has an open framed design, there is no door so kids will need supervision, and it comes fully assembled with pre-installed models on a Micro SD card.
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9. Robo C2 Compact Smart 3D Printer
The Robo C2 is a stylish modern 3D printer that looks great in any home or classroom. A large LCD screen makes it easy to control and configure, and a fast print speed lets kids create 3D printing projects quickly. The printer connects wirelessly to your phone, and with access to the Robo app, kids can access a library with thousands of 3D models.
10. Dremel DigiLab
The Dremel DigiLab is reliable, family-friendly and can build objects in just minutes. This model is fully enclosed with a door and is suitable for more tinkerers and hobbyists at home, or for classrooms. Dremel is a popular brand in schools due to their ready to use curriculum and exciting lesson plans.
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